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Thomas Markle expresses regret at not giving Meghan away and thanks 'handsome' Prince Charles



  • Thomas Markle has given first ever TV interview about absence from wedding
  • Father-of-three underwent heart surgery days before daughter's big day in May
  • He said: 'She was beautiful. I cried a little. I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history instead of a dad walking his daughter down the aisle'
  • Also revealed that Prince Harry told him he is ‘open to the experiment of Brexit’
  • And new son-in-law thinks President Donald Trump should be ‘given a chance’

By Alexander Robertson For Mailonline

Published: 01:41 EDT, 18 June 2018 | Updated: 02:17 EDT, 18 June 2018

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Thomas Markle has finally broken his silence over his highly publicised absence from the royal wedding as he expressed his regret at not walking his daughter Meghan down the aisle.

Speaking in his first ever TV interview, the 73-year-old described his sorrow at becoming a 'footnote in one of the greatest moments in history'. 

The American said he had spoken to Harry in a series of phone calls in which the prince asked for his daughter's hand in marriage.

He also revealed that Prince Harry told him he is ‘open to the experiment of Brexit’ and thinks President Donald Trump should be ‘given a chance’. 

Mr Markle also thanked 'handsome' Prince Charles for stepping in on the day and giving his daughter away, adding that he was 'jealous' as he watched from a small apartment.

Speaking to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain he said: 'She was beautiful. I cried a little watching her. I was very proud and I couldn’t see a better moment in my life. The whole world was watching my daughter.

'The unfortunate thing now is that I’m a footnote in one of the greatest moments in history instead of a dad walking his daughter down the aisle.

Thomas Markle has finally broken his silence as he expressed his regret at not walking his daughter Meghan down the aisle
Thomas Markle has finally broken his silence as he expressed his regret at not walking his daughter Meghan down the aisle

Thomas Markle has finally broken his silence as he expressed his regret at not walking his daughter Meghan down the aisle

Mr Markle revealed that his daughter cried when he told her that he wasn't coming to London
Mr Markle revealed that his daughter cried when he told her that he wasn't coming to London

Mr Markle revealed that his daughter cried when he told her that he wasn't coming to London

Her father watched the big day on TV in an apartment after having heart surgery and said he was 'jealous' of Prince Charles giving her away
Her father watched the big day on TV in an apartment after having heart surgery and said he was 'jealous' of Prince Charles giving her away

Her father watched the big day on TV in an apartment after having heart surgery and said he was 'jealous' of Prince Charles giving her away

'It was a very emotional moment. I regretted it because I really wanted to walk her down the aisle. But I’m thankful for how it all went'.

He added: 'I can’t think of a better replacement than Mr Charles. He looked very handsome. I was jealous, I wish it was me but thank god he was there and I thank him for that'.  

Mr Markle pulled out on the Monday before the wedding in May saying he didn't want to further embarrass his daughter after The Mail On Sunday revealed he had staged paparazzi photos for money. 

Within 24 hours it seemed he had backtracked on his decision after the bride-to-be reportedly pleaded with him to come to England for the big day.

But then he said he suffered a heart attack and went to hospital, forcing him to admit he would stay in Mexico. 

With Mr Markle, a former Hollywood lighting director, recovering from surgery to fit a heart stent, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Charles would walk Meghan to the altar. 

Sources close to the prince said he was ‘deeply touched’ to have been asked.

 

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